If you and your members/friends ride in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (CONF) your input is needed.  Until Dec 1st CONF is soliciting comments for the Foothills Landscape Community Collaboration (use this link for more info).  These comments are needed for the places that you ride in Bear Creek/Pinhoti, Jake/Bull, White Twister/Stonewall Falls and Southface of Fort Mountain (Dennis Mill, Pinhoti 4&5 area).  Instructions on how to comment is here.  Click on the Fullscreen link and it will take you to a interactive map.  Follow the directions and you can make comments too.  Comment streams have already been started for these trail systems – look for comments from Terry Palmeri and Jeff Adams to respond to or start your own comment stream.

One of the results of this collaboration is to identify areas of recreation and other forest management objectives.  NEPA will be performed for large areas.  NEPA is an environmental, historical, archeological survey that must be performed prior to any ground disturbance, and is a major factor in any new trail construction or trail realignment.

Our landscapes are more than trees and streams. They provide a sense of place for people – reflecting our histories and defining our futures. This fall, through a series of community conversations and an online forum we are reaching out to partners, stakeholders and community members to realize a shared vision to address complex conservation challenges across the Foothills Landscape.

We need your knowledge and insights right from the start in order to plan the right work in the right places for the right reasons. Share what you know about the Foothills Landscape with us and others through this collaboration. Use this forum to tell your community what you care about and why. Describe what you want and need from this landscape…and also what you can and do give. Learn from the knowledge that others share. And consider the many other perspectives revealed to all of us through this collaboration.

Project Purpose: The purpose of the Foothills Landscape project is to create, restore and maintain ecosystems that are more resilient to natural disturbances. Specifically, the Forest Service is seeking to enhance and provide quality habitat for rare and declining species, as well as desired game and non-game species; to reduce hazardous fuel loading across the landscape to diminish damaging wildfires; to improve soil and water quality; to provide sustainable recreation and access opportunities; and to awaken and strengthen a connection to these lands for all people.